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North American Power Symposium

The 50th North American Power Symposium will be hosted by North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, from September 9-11, 2018. NAPS, a student-centric conference has been bringing together students, faculty, and researchers in the power and energy systems area since its inception in 1969. Organized at a different university every year in North America, NAPS provides an excellent forum for participants to  present and receive feedback on their research. NAPS will maintain its long-standing tradition to strongly encourage, support, and recognize students for their participation. All student-presented papers will be evaluated and the top-3 papers will be recognized in each track along with overall winners. The rubric to evaluate papers is here.

Flights and Hotels

Fargo is served by Hector International Airport (FAR)with direct connections  to Chicago (ORD), Minneapolis (MSP), Denver (DEN), Los Angeles (LAX), Orlando (SFB), Las Vegas (LAS), and Dallas (DFW). The conference venue is  about 10 minutes away (car) from the airport.

The conference venue is at the Holiday Inn, Fargo. A block of rooms has been reserved at a special group rate. The hotel is located just across West Acres Mall near the region’s major businesses, attractions, dining, and shopping.

1. If you are faculty member or industry representative, please book your hotel room directly with the Holiday Inn by calling 701.282.2700 and request the negotiated rate for the "North American Power Symposium". To avail the special rate, you must reserve your room before 7 August, 2018.

2. If you are a student with an accepted paper, accommodation (double) will be complimentary for three nights (Sep 8, 9, 10). You need not contact the hotel to make, or to confirm your accommodation. 

Paper Submission

The organizing committee invites original research contributions for presentation at the 50th North American Power Symposium (NAPS), hosted by North Dakota State University in Fargo from Sep 9-11, 2018. NAPS welcomes papers on the modeling, dynamics, stability, analysis, optimization, protection, control, planning, and operation of modern electric power systems. The symposium will be organized, but not limited by the following research tracks:


  • Power Systems Dynamics, Stability, and Control
  • Power Systems Operations, Planning, and Economics
  • Grid-connected Power Electronics and Applications
  • Power Systems Communications and Cyber-security
  • Distribution Systems: Analysis, Operation, and Control
  • Emerging Topics in Modern Power Systems
  • Challenges and solutions to operation of transmission and distribution systems with utility-scale deployment of renewable generation

As a student-centric conference, the organizing committee will conduct NAPS to encourage student participation and will recognize students for outstanding contributions through a student-paper contest. All presented papers will receive feedback from attendees and the best papers will receive awards at an award ceremony. Authors are encouraged to submit a full manuscript for consideration by 31 May 2018, via Easychair. You may need to create an account with Easychair, if you don’t have one. Authors of accepted papers are required to present the paper (in person) at the conference venue. All papers presented at NAPS 2018 will be included in IEEE Xplore digital library.

Please use the following link to submit your manuscript. Sample templates are available here.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Page limit: 6 pages, including figures, tables, and references
  • Paper size: US Letter (8.5″ X 11″)
  • File Format: Adobe PDF (.pdf)
  • Fonts: Embed all fonts in your PDF file. No type 3 fonts allowed
  • Do not paginate the manuscript

Additional Notes:  While there is no limit on how many papers an author can submit, one registration by an author will cover two papers.

Final Paper Submission

  1. All papers found acceptable by the reviewing committee will also be subject to a plagiarism check service provided by IEEE. Papers that fail this check will not be given further consideration and will be excluded from the conference. 
  2. IEEE reserves the right to exclude any accepted paper from distribution after the conference including, removal from IEEE Xplore, if the accepted paper is not presented in person at the conference.
  3. Camera ready IEEE Xplore-compliant submissions are due 15 July 2018.

   General Submission Guidelines:

  • Page limit: 6 pages, including figures, tables, and references
  • Paper size: US Letter (8.5″ X 11″)
  • File Format: Adobe PDF (.pdf)
  • Fonts: Embed all fonts in your PDF file. No type 3 fonts allowed
  • Do not paginate the manuscript


Please use the following link to register for the conference. Please also note the following rate chart with cut-off dates. If you are a student, you will qualify for a $200 credit on check-out. 


Registration Rates

Early bird

(by 31 July)






REFUND POLICY: Before Aug 7 (full refund), Between Aug 7 and Aug 30 (half refund), After Aug 30 - No refund.


Creating IEEE Xplore-compliant files

  1. Log in to the IEEE PDF eXpress site. Create a new account if you are a new user. 
  2. Enter the conference ID:  44262X.
  3. Continue to enter information as prompted. You will receive an email confirming the successful creation of your account.
  4. With your PDF eXpress account, you may submit your source files for conversion to PDF, and/or submit PDFs for checking. You will have the opportunity to revise your submission if you are not satisfied with the PDF that is generated, or, if you find mistakes in your manuscript, or if your PDF fails the PDF Check.
  5. Add the IEEE copyright notice to your paper BEFORE creating PDFs. 

Before submitting your paper, you must add the copyright notice at the bottom of the first page of your source document (MS Word or LaTeX). Please add the appropriate copyright notice to your paper. It should go at the bottom of the left column, first page only. The copyright notice should appear 0.5 cm below the left column, and should be aligned to the left with the same left margin as the column. Note that the copyright notice may differ depending on the authorship. Please select the appropriate copyright notice to add to your manuscript based on the criteria below:

  • For papers in which all authors are employed by the US government, the copyright notice is: U.S. Government work not protected by U.S. copyright
  • For papers in which all authors are employed by a Crown government (UK, Canada, and Australia), the copyright notice is: 978-1-5386-7138-2/18/$31.00 ©2018 Crown 
  • For papers in which all authors are employed by the European Union, the copyright notice is: 978-1-5386-7138-2/18/$31.00 ©2018 European Union
  • For all other papers the copyright notice is: 978-1-5386-7138-2/18/$31.00 ©2018 IEEE 

If using LaTeX IEEEtran class the following script placed before the \begin{document} statement will insert the copyright notice in the appropriate place.

\IEEEoverridecommandlockouts\IEEEpubid{\makebox[\columnwidth]{978-1-5386-7138-2/18/\$31.00~\copyright~2018 IEEE \hfill} \hspace{\columnsep}\makebox[\columnwidth]{ }}


  • IMPORTANT: Any changes made to a PDF after IEEE PDF eXpress conversion or PDF Checking may invalidate Xplore compatibility. This includes headers, page numbers, copyright notice, watermarks, etc. If any of these elements are desired, they should be added to the document before a PDF is created.
  • All PDFs to be included in IEEE Xplore® (e.g. title page, copyright page, author index, etc.) should be validated through PDF eXpress for Xplore compatibility.
  • If you need assistance, please contact IEEE Publication Services.
  • After using IEEE PDF eXpress, submit your IEEE Xplore-compatible PDF by 7/15/2018 on the NAPS 2018 submission site here
  • Finally, a copyright transfer form is required from every paper. Please wait for a separate email from with instructions.


Bid to host NAPS 2021



The NAPS 2018 organizing and steering committees would like to invite you to submit a proposal to host NAPS 2021.

NAPS has been a very active symposium since its inception in 1969 as the Midwest Power Symposium and continuing as the North American Power Symposium since 1986. NAPS has been held annually at one of the universities in North America to provide an international open forum for participants from academia and industry. Please submit your proposal to host NAPS 2021  to with the subject line “NAPS 2021 Proposal” by Friday, August 31, 2018.

The following criteria will be used for selection:

  • Sustained participation in previous NAPS;
  • Time since the last NAPS was hosted;
  • Plans to maintain low registration costs;
  • Plans to support student participation;
  • Evidence of long-term interest in power engineering;
  • Need for exposure;
  • Quality of facilities

The site selection committee will do a preliminary selection and will invite NAPS 2021 hosting candidates to present their proposal at the NAPS steering committee meeting on Sunday, September 9, 2018, during NAPS 2018 in Fargo, North Dakota.

We look forward to your application!

Social Tour

Visit to Itasca State Park (8am – 4pm)  and Boat Tour on the Mississippi! 

The social tour includes a visit to Itasca State Park, Minnesota's oldest state park - established in 1891. Today, the park totals more than 32,000 acres and includes more than 100 lakes. Walk across the headwaters (origins) of the Mississippi River as it starts its winding journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Attendees will also have a chance for a boat tour with lunch on the mighty Mississippi! Please watch this site for updates and details.


Presentation Guidelines

Please prepare a 15-minute oral presentation of your paper using the suggested template here. The suggested guideline is to discuss: 

  • Problem formulation (what you wish to solve/address)
  • Problem significance (who cares? why does it matter?)
  • Proposed solution/approach and novelty (what's different and why?)
  • Key results (what did you find/discover)
  • Significance of results (what's interesting about your findings and why the results make sense/sanity check!)
  • Conclusions/Future work (how you plan to deepen your work) 
  • Acknowledgements and 2-3 minutes for questions


Key Dates

  • Mar 1 -- Paper submissions open
  • May 31 -- Paper submission deadline
  • July 2 -- Notification of acceptance
  • July 16 -- Registration now open!
  • July 15 -- Final camera ready submissions due
  • Aug 1 -- Early bird registration deadline
  • Sep 9-11 -- NAPS at Fargo, ND

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